National Geographic : 1913 Sep
Photo from Rev. James Baikie HATSHEPSUT'S TERRACED TEMPLE AT DEIR-EL -BAIIARI "Withers fittingly says of this temple: Except for the sculptures on its walls, the temple bears no resemblance toother sacred buildings. Ly ing at the foot of hills that rise sheer upward for 400 feet and constructed in three terraces, where the hills slope gradually totheplain, theslender colonnades appear to support the whole weight of the cliffs overhead. Its own columns are whitish, likemellowed ivory. The whole material of the temple is limestone, yellowed with age where the sun falls on it, still dazzling white in places of shade, and ineither instance providing asur face on which the rich pigments of Egyptian art, faded or vivid, are displayed in astonishing beauty' " (see page 1027).